My 2014 new year’s resolution is all about doing more of what makes me happy and I think I’m off to a pretty good start since I leave for my 6 month trip tomorrow!
It’s amazing where life can lead you in a year. Last January in 2013 I had just finished ringing in the New Year with my mom in Times Square (bucket list), I was in a good place with my job and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else than New York. Now here I am in January 2014, my old job behind me, my whole life in storage and I’m about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. If you would’ve asked me last January where I would be in a year, never in a million years would I have guessed this.
It’s been great spending the past 5 weeks in Toledo but it was tough at times. I didn’t mentally prepare myself for the transition period between New York and my travels and at times I felt really sad when I thought about New York and remembered that I wasn’t to be returning after the holidays. I never noticed until now how much pride I took when I told people I lived in New York until I could no longer say it anymore. This really had an effect on me because I felt like a part of my identity had been stripped. What was I without New York? I also missed a lot of things about New York but I guess that’s normal. It’s almost kind of like an ex boyfriend, once you breakup you only remember the good things and none of the bad. I would say that Toledo is more of a conservative city compared to what I am used to and when I told people about my upcoming plans they would smile, nod their heads and say “wow, that’s great!” , but their eyes said it all……they thought I was completely crazy. So the combination of me mourning New York and constantly encountering people that said one thing but thought another about me made it rough at times but that’s ok because I don’t care what people think, I am doing what makes me happy…..me! However, I wil say, there is one thing that I was NOT sad about this month and that I did not miss and that was my old job! Haha.
Well signing of…… next stop……….India!
*Wishing you all a new year filled with things that make you happy!
the front of my 2014 contact card